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Mining Services News

Phased approach key for digital twin adoption

By: Mamaili Mamaila     23rd October 2020 It is important that the creation of a digital twin be conducted in stages, with every stage building on the previous one, drone survey and inspection specialist Rocketmine business development manager Devon Hasenbroek tells Mining Weekly. A digital twin is a digital replica of an operation that... 

Dealer maintains Northern Cape stronghold

23rd October 2020 Atlas Copco dealer Zenith Mining and Industrial Supplies recently secured an order from one of their longstanding key mining customers in the Northern Cape for the supply of five Atlas Copco HiLight light-emitting-diode (LED) H5+ light towers mounted on double axles. 

Dealer maintains Northern Cape stronghold
AHEAD OF THE CURVE By ensuring that the dealership keeps up to date with the latest technology from Atlas Copco, Zenith now supplies the mine with the “cutting-edge” compact and efficient HiLight LED units

Companies to advance wireless monitoring systems

23rd October 2020 Wireless industrial monitoring systems provider Ackcio announced this month that it has joined forces with US-based global Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and cloud technology company sensemetrics. This alignment, Ackcio believes, supports its goal of providing advanced data analytics and... 

Collision avoidance system installed, investment on track for Menar

By: Mamaili Mamaila     23rd October 2020 Mining investment firm Menar recently procured a collision avoidance system (CAS), which has been installed in all the company’s opencast mobile equipment, notes Menar chairperson Mpumelelo Mkhabela. 

Collision avoidance system installed, investment on track for Menar
A BIT OF EVERYTHING Menar is considering other diversification avenues while developing its coal and anthracite projects

Predictive maintenance key for fleet management

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     23rd October 2020 The mining industry is trending towards the adoption of predictive maintenance, intelligent prognostics and the leveraging of the Industrial Internet of Things, all of which assist in improving asset reliability. These technologies can pinpoint the components of machines that are likely to fail,... 

Predictive maintenance key  for fleet management
CONSISTENCY IS KEY Achieving a reliable productive fleet that is optimally maintained and operated by competent high-performing people results in maximum efficiency

Aspasa tightens requirements for its members around fair competition, social aspects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st October 2020 The Aggregate & Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) has introduced a new set of policies for members to uphold, which relate to all aspects of surface mining operations. Aspasa director Nico Pienaar says the code documents good, ethical behaviour and says that, while most... 

Macmahon wins Foxleigh work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st October 2020 ASX-listed Macmahon Holdings has been selected as the preferred tenderer for equipment hire and maintenance services at the Foxleigh coal mine, in Queensland, from March of next year. The work is expected to generate some A$250-million in revenue and would require Macmahon to spend some... 

Fenix awards Iron Ridge contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2020 Junior Fenix Resources has awarded an A$185-million contract to fellow listed MACA for drill and blast, mining, and crushing and screening activities at the Iron Ridge project, in Western Australia. Early stage works at Iron Ridge started in September, and MACA is currently mobilising heavy... 

Cimic to sell half of Thiess

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2020 ASX-listed Cimic has announced the sale of a 50% interest in mining services provider subsidiary Thiess, which values the company at A$4.3-billion. Cimic on Monday announced that it had entered into an agreement with funds advised by UK-based Elliott for the sale of a 50% interest in Thiess,... 

Report discusses challenges, options as world continues to drive decarbonisation agenda 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 While the global shift from fossil fuels to renewables is helping new ecosystems and technologies to emerge, many of the pursued steps towards decarbonisation pose unique challenges. Many participants in the energy and resources industries have declared an intention to become carbon neutral by... 

Report discusses challenges, options as world continues to drive decarbonisation agenda
Deloitte's Andrew Lane discusses the company's new global report and value beyond compliance with Creamer Media journalist Simone Liedtke. Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

New service offering can help plug skills gap

16th October 2020 Australian engineering consultancy firm MEC Mining last month launched a new geotechnical engineering division, as part of the company’s in-house services, to cater for industry demand in the mining sector. The division will be led by MEC Mining technical services and Western Australia manager... 

New service offering can help plug skills gap
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY With several Perth-based gold explorers, the company’s presence in Perth and expertise in gold will allow the company to better access and support these companies

SA company aims for preferred supplier status in Australia

By: Cameron Mackay     16th October 2020 Australia is abundant in minerals, with more mines being established every year; this results in more mined ore having to be processed, says local foundry company Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes. He states that the company’s goal is to be the preferred supplier of components for... 

SA company aims for preferred supplier  status in Australia
SCM21 PROJECT SUPPLIER Thos Begbie will manufacture and supply new and improved components to BHP’s Olympic Dam underground copper mine’s flash and electric furnace

Service provider returns to exploration

By: Theresa Bhowan     16th October 2020 With an existing and substantial fleet of exploration drill rigs, geotechnical service specialist Geogroup intends to get back to the exploration space. “Geomech Africa, a subsidiary company of Geogroup with its Level 1 B-BBEE, has not been involved in any exploration drilling projects in the... 

Service provider returns to exploration
DIG DEEP Geogroup rigs range from being able to drill 200 m holes to 2 000 m holes

Company supplies excavator to gold mine

16th October 2020 Australian mining group National Group, through its earthmoving equipment supplier subsidiary National Plant & Equipment, continues to be a key supplier to the mining industry, including its supplying the multinational equipment manufacturer Liebherr R 9200 Excavator to an opencut gold mine in... 

Company supplies excavator to gold mine
ROBUST MARKET RESPONSE National Group and Liebherr have received positive feedback on the R 9200 from users, who are impressed by its operator-friendly features

Key market for fatigue monitoring technology

By: Cameron Mackay     16th October 2020 The Australian mining industry has been a key contributor to the growth of fatigue-monitoring technology provider SmartCap Technologies. SmartCap CEO Tim Ekert says that Covid-19’s impact on other key markets has further reinforced Australia’s importance to the company’s growth. “SmartCap has... 

Key market for fatigue monitoring technology
FIGHTING FATIGUE A key benefit of the Life product is the elimination of incidents caused by fatigue, enhancing safety and overall productivity

New software provides diverse equipment supply options

By: Cameron Mackay     16th October 2020 Australian mining and heavy equipment trader ComponentsONLY is aiming to broaden its product offering as it begins to incorporate new supply solutions. This includes the commercialisation of an asset manager and customer relationship software package for the heavy earthmoving and mining industry,... 

New software provides diverse equipment supply options
BEN HAILES With about 70% of our revenue generated from Australian mining, we have broadened our relationship with existing customers through providing efficient, timely and cost-effective solutions

Walkabout projects on course in Tanzania

By: Cameron Mackay     16th October 2020 In spite of the 2017 Tanzanian Mining Act Amendments, Tanzania remains a “premium mining investment destination” for Australian energy minerals developer Walkabout Resources, says Walkabout Resources director Allan Mulligan. “Our relations with government and ministries in Tanzania is excellent,... 

Walkabout projects on  course in Tanzania
FULLY PERMITTED EXPLORATION Front-end construction and manufacturing for the Lindo Jumbo graphite project is imminent. The project’s expected on-stream date is December next year

AI analytics give greater insight into exploration

By: Theresa Bhowan     16th October 2020 Geospatial analytics specialist Descartes Labs offers a unique and powerful analytics platform that provides its clients with a wide range of geospatial and non-geospatial data for visualisation and predictive analytics. 

Equipment mobilisation for Bibemi project starts

16th October 2020 West Africa-focused metals exploration company Oriole Resources last month announced that mineral drilling solutions provider Capital Limited had started mobilising equipment for a 3 000 m diamond drilling contract for the Bibemi exploration licence in Cameroon. The press release notes that... 

Equipment mobilisation for Bibemi project starts
Photo by Bloomberg
END GAME The Bibemi project is currently progressing through its exploration phase

FRAGTrack wins international Good Design award

16th October 2020 Explosives and blasting systems provider Orica announced last month that its innovative fragmentation measurement technology FRAGTrack was awarded a Good Design accolade in the engineering category, for outstanding design and innovation.  The yearly Good Design Awards recognise and celebrate... 

FRAGTrack wins international Good Design award
AWARD WINNING FRAGTrack is an automated fragmentation measurement device that accurately and reliably measures rock size and fragmentation after the blasting stage in mining and quarrying

Company sets detonator new record

16th October 2020 The Enaex Africa team set another record for the highest number of detonators (3 876 units) fired in a single blast in South Africa, using DaveyTronic detonators at United Manganese of Kalahari (UMK). The average hole depth of the 1 938 holes was 14 m, with two detonators per hole. 

Company sets detonator new record
PRIORITISING SAFETY Record-breaking feats can only be celebrated when all involved are safe

Diverse offering key for Australian mines

By: Mamaili Mamaila     16th October 2020 Conveyor roller technology specialist Conveyor Products & Solutions (CPS) first sought to change the bulk materials handling market by introducing all-polymer rollers – the Yeloroll product range – to the conventional and stagnant roller industry. 

Diverse offering key  for Australian mines
GLOBAL FOOTPRINT From its humble beginnings in Perth, CPS now ships its products internationally, reinforcing the brand in the global mining industry

High demand for TES in blasting sector

By: Tracy Hancock     16th October 2020 The use of temporary employment services (TES) is common among South African blasting companies, and demand for this service is high, says TES provider Workforce Staffing area manager Hendri Poolman. The scarcity of skills in the field presents a challenge for blasting companies. 

High demand for TES  in blasting sector
FINDING FLEXIBILITY Temporary staffing services can address the fluctuating staffing requirements of blasting companies

Explosives manufacturer helps fight illicit explosives

16th October 2020 To promote the fight against the illegal use of explosives, commercial explosives supplier AECI Mining Explosives has partnered with private-sector canine programme Vapor Wake K9 South Africa (VWK9SA) by providing explosives samples to assist in the training of its dogs.     Criminal activities... 

Explosives manufacturer helps fight illicit explosives
CRITICAL COLLABORATION AECI Mining Explosives’ Michelle Le Roux and Christo Peltz with South African Civil Aviation Authority-certified dogs and handlers from Vapor Wake K9 South Africa

Sustaining security of supply, efficiency amid state of disaster

By: Tracy Hancock     16th October 2020 Adapting to the ‘new normal’ bought on by the Covid-19 outbreak will require companies to listen to and meet the changing needs of customers by adopting new working methods and complying with evolving lockdown regulations, says explosives and blasting services provider BME technology and... 

Sustaining security of supply, efficiency amid state of disaster
SOLID SUPPLY Omnia Group’s Sasolburg nitric acid plant enhances supply security in the group and ensured that BME had no stockouts during the hard lockdown

Kibo appoints new executive director

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2020 Aim-listed Kibo Energy has appointed Christiaan Schutte executive director, with responsibility for capital projects. Schutte has extensive and varied experience in the energy development field. He worked for South African State-owned power utility Eskom for almost three decades, with the last... 

UCP shareholders approve takeover by Afrimat

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th October 2020 JSE-listed Afrimat has announced that its offer to acquire all of the ordinary shares in Unicorn Capital Partners (UCP) not already held by Afrimat has gotten the green light from UCP’s shareholders. The industrial minerals and construction materials company in July announced its intention to... 

Sandvik sells exploration business to Drillman

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2020 Swedish engineering group Sandvik will sell its exploration business to Drillman – a subsidiary of the M Group of companies from Australia. The deal includes exploration rigs, consumables and production stock, along with selected trademarks and patents. “I believe we have found a good home for... 

Power transmission solutions boost productivity, profit

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     9th October 2020 Power and automation technologies solutions provider ABB’s Dodge line of bearings, gearing and power transmission components have helped customers in numerous industries to increase the productivity and profitability of their operations, says ABB product manager Lucas Pretorius.   “By focusing on... 

Power transmission solutions boost productivity, profit
EASE OF INSTALLATION The Dodge ISN mounted spherical roller bearing features a patented integral adapter mounting and removal system, making it easy to install and remove without damaging the shaft

Nigeria incentivises new mining investment

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Nigerian Mines and Steel Development Minister Olamilekan Adagbite highlighted the incentives being offered to investors in Nigeria’s mining sector during a webinar on Driving Investment in the Nigerian Mining Industry in a Pandemic Situation, held in August. Government intends to reignite... 

Nigeria incentivises new  mining investment
GOING FOR GOLD Nigeria's government looks to reignite flames under the mining investment banner to draw attention to its vast mineral and metal resources

Grande Côte operation achieves ‘excellent’ results

9th October 2020 Multinational mining and metallurgy company Eramet 2020 half-year results, released on July 29, noted that its Grande Côte Operation (GCO) built on the “excellent operating performance” of 2019, producing 371 000 t  of mineral sands over the period. Notably, GCO is the largest single dredge... 

Grande Côte operation achieves ‘excellent’ results
NOT SCRAPING THE BOTTOM The dredging operation at Eramet's Grande Côte operation reported an excellent operating performance for the first half of 2020

Study paves way for engaging artisanal miners

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Environmental consulting firm Digby Wells Environmental Mali country manager Mamadou Dembele says a dearth of opportunities drives the artisanal mining sector in Mali, and in West Africa. He tells Mining Weekly that a study conducted in June 2019 in the region by Digby Wells Environmental, which... 

Study paves way for engaging artisanal miners
LEGITIMATE OPPORTUNITY While considered illegitimate trade, artisanal mining space is well organised and financially fruitful

Processing plant progressing well amid slowdown

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Despite Covid-19 having an adverse effect on the greenfield development of a mine and metallurgical plant, in Sierra Leone, local consulting firm METC Engineering director Dr Steve Cathey says the project is progressing well. He explains that construction on the Tongo diamond project – located in... 

Processing plant progressing well  amid slowdown
DIAMOND DECLINE The decline on the Tongo diamond project is progressing well as is the fabrication of the diamond processing plant

Freight forwarder growing reach in West Africa

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Following the successful logistics for a mine in Sierra Leone, deugro, a highly-specialized expert in freight forwarding and an independent company of the deugro group,  intends to further expand its offering in West Africa. “We are excited and look forward to engaging with more clients in this... 

Freight forwarder growing reach in West Africa
IVAN DE SOUZA & SUNELL VAN DER WALT Senior members of deugro's sales and business development team unpack the company's sucess in west Africa

Supplier stocks diverse range of drives

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     9th October 2020 Industrial switchgear automation and energy management distributor ElectroMechanica (EM) caters for a variety of industries through its extensive range of drives. EM product manager William Cameron says despite the company not always offering bigger drives for mining applications, it has... 

Supplier stocks diverse range of drives
EFFICIENT SOLUTIONS The C2000 series AC motor drives provide the most efficient solutions for all drive applications

Energy-efficient drives offer solution for green recovery

9th October 2020 The mining industry must forgo its traditional energy consumption patterns to ensure that it decarbonises toward a greener and sustainable method of exploration, says mechanical products and controls manufacturer Danfoss Drives Turkey Middle East and Africa business development manager Stephen... 

Energy-efficient drives offer solution for green recovery
STEPHEN BROWN Given the need to increase energy supply in a globally carbon constrained environment, the mining trade needs to improve its energy-efficient technologies

Company notes West African mining potential  

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 West Africa holds notable mining potential, with exploration and mining consulting services provider The MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson noting the company’s short- to medium-term goal of expanding further into the jurisdiction. “MSA sees West Africa as an increasingly appealing... 

Company notes West African mining potential
MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson discusses the company’s investment in West Africa and the challenges faced in doing so.

Robust wedge belts transmit 30% more power

9th October 2020 Engineering components provider BMG’s extensive range of Fenner power transmission components now comprises Fenner Quattro Plus Twin Wrap (TW) wedge belts, which transmit 30% more power than conventional belts. These maintenance-free wedge belts, made from wrapped chloroprene rubber, have a... 

Robust wedge belts transmit 30% more power
HIGH PERFORMANCE BMG’s Fenner Quattro Plus TW heavy-duty wedge belts offer high performance, maximum drive efficiency and extended service life in tough conditions.
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